Sega has announced that its Football Manager 2008 game for PCs and Apple Macs will be in stores just before the holiday season of Christmas 2007.
In case you were wondering, Football Manager 2008 is the successor of the prize-winning Football Manager series that was developed by the world renowned Sports Interactive studio.
Sports Interactive took the feedback from fans of Football Manager very seriously and this has resulted in hundreds of new features implemented into Football Manager 2008, the latest game.
Football Manager 2008 will allow players to select their favorite club or international team and then guide them to glorious success by playing Cup matches, Leagues, European Championships and even major international tournaments with over 5000 playable teams from more than 50 countries.
Another new feature includes a brand new advisory system that helps new players through different aspects of the game.
According to Miles Jacobson, Studio Director of Sports Interactive, “With Football Manager 2008 we’re once again raising the bar in the sports management genre. With dozens of new small features and larger things like a complete revamp of international management and the new match flow system, we’re really looking forward to seeing the reaction from people when they get to play it on release.”
Listed below are the new features in Football Manager 2008 for the PC and Mac:
Match Flow – The largest change to match-day in a Sports Interactive game since the introduction of the second match engine. Match flow brings more atmosphere to match-days with match previews, team talks, opposition player instructions, the match itself, half time and post match. These now seamlessly follow on from one another, with no more pausing to make tactical changes, and a mini-radar pitch whilst making those tactical changes to keep you in touch with what’s going on in the match
International Management – The international management gameplay has been completely revamped for Football Manager 2008, including, but not limited to, media improvements, international retirements, player interaction, international scouting, improved pool selection, captain selection and a separation of international and club morale for players.
Easier to Use – A much cleaner skin, a brand new advisor system to help players through various areas of the game. A new notes and notebook system, better button positioning for simpler navigation and an updated tutorial and manual. Also, coach reports make taking over a new team easier, and the new calendar system lists all important dates throughout the season. These all help to make Football Manager 2008 the easiest Sports Interactive game to use yet.
Confidence – Players can now easily tell what the board and supporters think about their performance in the game through the new confidence section. This gives players feedback not just on their current progress in competitions, but also their financial management and signings.
Transfer Centre – A new way of managing all current transfer and loan bids for a players club, both incoming and outgoing, making it easier to compare bids and reject or accept them.
Match Engine Improvements – A greatly improved match engine, once again utilising the footballing brain of former Republic of Ireland international player Ray Houghton as well as other tools used by real-life managers to make the most accurate simulation of football in a computer game. The ability to change the pitch dimensions at the start of the season to suit players styles of play better has also been added.
Awards re-write – An overhaul of the awards system inside the game which is not only more accurate now, but also includes new awards such as the European golden boot, and a “best eleven”, which shows the all-time (in game) best eleven for all teams and nations.
Finances revamp – To reflect the changes in modern day football, Sports Interactive have updated the finance area of Football Manager 2008 to better reflect the ever changing football world, with more information available to the manager too, including, but not limited to, corporate match day income, season ticket news, investment funds, improved sponsorships, collective win bonuses, and the ability to move around funds from the wage budget and transfer budget (and vice versa) at any point to help you in your quest for the ideal squad.
Fan days – The board can now arrange fan days to boost ailing attendances, or for matches that are likely to attract a low crowd, with a long term affect to attendances if all goes well.
Expanded media – More media and feedback than ever before, plus more detail in existing media, and a new competition news section to find out what major things are going on in all league competitions
Regenerated player photo’s – All in game generated players now have pictures using FaceGen technology to give each player more personality, and the ability for the players to be seen to grow up in front of your eyes as the game is going on.
Faster – Saving and loading is now significantly faster, with network gaming faster and smoother to play, as well as tactical changes and match reports being quicker than ever before.
Football Manager 2008 for the PC (XP and Vista) and Apple Macintosh (OS 10.3.9 and above) is slated for a release that’s sure to be before Christmas 2007.